Flashback: a decade of mini phones

17 July 2022
We track how Mini has become less and less accurate over the years.  

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  • 17 Jul 2022

Hemedans, 17 Jul 2022Xz1 compact really good battery life even for today standar... moreXperia 10's however certainly are not compact phones, not to mention compact flagship phones. Their specs are barely midrange.

    Anonymous, 17 Jul 2022iPhone SE is pretty much in a class of its own right now. A... moreNot much difference between iphone Se and Xz1 compact
    https://m.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=8610&idPhone2=7969

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      Anonymous, 17 Jul 2022The Sony Xperia Z Compact phones had relatively good batter... moreBut in the end it was not a viable concept. Somehow people simply did not want this.
      Besides, XZ compacts were larger than other phones with similar screen size due to large upper and lower chin.

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        • 17 Jul 2022

        CptPower, 17 Jul 2022Smallest android ever??? https://www.amazon.com/Sudroid-An... moreBut absolutely unusable. It's not even large enough to be used as a cycling computer with a map.

          The Flip, 17 Jul 2022There are tiny smartphones out there that cost less than $6... moreXz1 compact really good battery life even for today standard, also Xperia 10 III and 10 IV has amazing batfery life.

            Aan2007, 17 Jul 2022isn't it bigger than S22?Taller but narrower than than s22, which actually affects the in hand feel.

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              yalim, 17 Jul 2022Don't understand why no one except apple and samsung i... moreWhich small flagship does samsung have? Because S22 is far from small. It is larger than S7.

              You answer : number of sales too low compared to large variant. When small phone sells no more than 20% compared to karge phone, brands feel no reason to keep making them.

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                • 17 Jul 2022

                hoping for a comeback of the mini phones

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                  • 17 Jul 2022

                  I have the xiaomi 12X and the size is awesome. Especially its widht 69.9mm which feels great in hand. It has an awesome battery life too, that against the general opinion of youtubers that say you will have to compromise battery if you want a compact phone.

                  I've always liked compact phones.

                  The S22 has a very good size and weight, though I prefer rounded edges. Zenfone 9 looks promising too.

                  Maybe the problem is that S22 is quite expensive and Zenfones are not very popular. But Xiaomi 12X is cheaper.

                  I understand that other people may want something smaller like the iPhone mini. Or a more affordable compact.

                  More choices are always welcome.

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                    EskeRahn, 17 Jul 2022Well isn't it sort of the other way round, that Androi... morethat trojan horse, the one responsible for the downfall of nokia. He could've adopted android and continued to make symbian and java phones as usual, which were no match for Android and iOS but still usable upto an extent

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                      AndroidAuthority, 17 Jul 2022The 12 is 6.2 in fairness, small compared to the competition.I agree 12 an 12X size is awesome to me.

                      I've always liked compact phones and these feel really good in hand. Mainly because of its widht

                        Anonymous, 17 Jul 2022I think now the only small flagship phone that still remain... moreisn't it bigger than S22?

                          There are tiny smartphones out there that cost less than $60 like the SOYES XS11 3G on Amazon. You can also get the Unihertz Jelly 2. Guess what? Battery life is atrocious on them even if you don't use them throughout the day.

                          That's the thing. You want everything on a tiny phone but it's impossible. You can't expect great battery life on a tiny phone while it's powering high resolution and refresh rates. That's the sacrifice when you want a small phone. The poorest battery life and poorer camera quality.

                          This is why I stopped getting interested in phones since getting the Flip 3 and Razr 5G within 3 weeks apart last year. The only way I can get great battery life is from a large device like the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Even the Pixel line won't be returning to the Pixel 4a/5 size any time soon.

                          We're stuck with large devices from here on out if we want flagship specs that excels well in all aspects like battery life and cameras.

                            EskeRahn, 17 Jul 2022Well isn't it sort of the other way round, that Androi... moreGoogle was only focused on Apple and the competition there. And they did fine with or without Nokia. But there wasn't room for another big os on the market. Nokia said no to Android, in favor for Microsoft and gambled big there. And it costed Nokia everything. Google had nothing to do with it.

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                              ohmymy, 17 Jul 2022A good midrange below 6 inch smartphone (like Galaxy A41) i... moreiPhone SE is pretty much in a class of its own right now. All phones it is compared to, are 6.5 inch and look comically large next to it. This is a video I saw today. https://youtu.be/uNd3WOuoKic
                              Of course the Android competitors have much better battery life but they are useless for someone looking for a midrange compact phone.

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                                blue, 17 Jul 2022This era does not favor small or mini phones. Yes, they can... moreThe Sony Xperia Z Compact phones had relatively good battery life with good construction and high end chipset. They were 2mm thicker, that was the secret.

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                                  Grey Wolf, 17 Jul 2022I remember my first ever smartphone 12 years ago, Nokia Lum... moreI don’t know if that’s a woman thing, but I never ever cared about pocketability with small phones. I still buy them because of one hand usage. That‘s what is so weird about me when people classify the Z Flip as small. It may be small in the pocket, but that is no use for me when I unfold it and am greeted by a massive 6.4 inch screen that I could never reach the top of the screen with one hand.

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                                    • 17 Jul 2022

                                    The 4.7 inch iPhones have no problem with displaying websites or apps. Everything still feels like it was made for that size. The 4 inch ones though, those can get slightly ugly on 2022 websites, sadly.

                                      Its not okay, 17 Jul 2022Did that phone received os updates It ran on symbian right... morenokia not late, its becase they forced to use windows and ditch symbian/Meego. if only they develop Meego and windows side by side, maybe now we dont have to see apple google duopoly because when window failed they still have meego. but its not the case.

                                        Such a bad graph, in the first two apple and oppo have the same colour, it impossible to understand if you're not familiar with the brands. Apple is doing the best though, no one needs big phones, what a useless industry standard in the android brand